Loyal readers of this lofty-though-sporadic blog will no doubt recall that I acquired a new used car recently. It was supposed to be an interim car, pending the settlement of a car accident, however, I wound up falling in love with my interim car and now I am hoping to keep it for all time!
Yes, it’s that 2001 sparkling silver Mercury Sable LS Premium sedan! I paid $950 cash for it. The first — though somewhat lowly — miracle was that in the car’s ashtray, I found $1 in loose change. I guess that was a rebate of sorts, so I really only paid $949 for it!
In all seriousness, though, gang, I really, really, REALLY love this car.
It has a 3.0 L DOHC Duratec 30 V6 engine — 200 horsepower. The same engine used in the Jaguar S series that year. The car is fast, gang. I can get to Kroger, to Sur La Table, and to the ATM in nanoseconds!
And yesterday, I discovered that the strange plastic thing attached to the inside of my (really, really spacious) trunk, the plastic thing that has a Compact Disk logo on it that befuddled me because, as far as I could tell, I could only play the radio or cassette tapes in my car, even though it had all the indications that it could play CDs…
Anyway, I finally discovered that the plastic attached thingie in the spacious trunk is, in fact, a 6-CD changer! OMG!! I immediately ran into the house, grabbed 6 CDs, loaded the thing, got into my car and hit the CD button, cranked the volume and, WOW, the car has an awesome sound system, gang! I was so overjoyed!!
Where, once, all I listened to, over and over, was either old cassette tapes of Frank Sinatra’s hits from the Capitol Years, or Cosmic Thing by the B52s, the car is now loaded with the Best of David Bowie, the Best of the Beach Boys, the Best of the Mamas and the Papas, the Best of Tony Bennett, the Best of Tom Jones, and Harvest by Neil Young! All geared up to be played at top volume!
Yippee ki yi yay!
I sat in my car, in the garage, all the windows up, the doors closed, and I punched the “shuffle” button, and what to my wondering ears should explode into the speakers, but Tom Jones, singing the Green, Green Grass of Home.
I was overwhelmed by the surround-sound-ness of it!
I was instantly transported to a better time, a better place! Think: Cleveland, 1960s, gang. When I was just a wee bonny lass, unaware that life was going to go on and on and mostly suck!
If you have never heard Tom Jones’ original version of this song, I regale you with it here! Maybe listen to it with headphones on, with the volume cranked so that you can sort of experience what life is now like in my amazing car! Oh, and, while listening, imagine you are a wee bonny lass in Cleveland, Ohio, that it’s still the 1960s, and you are unaware that life is going to go on and on and mostly suck!
All righty! How’s that for a Monday morning??
Enjoy! And thanks for visiting, gang!! See ya.